Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band with Parker Urban Band and Copious Jones @ Underbelly Jacksonville, FL
When: Fri Mar 28, 2014
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Known for their raucous
live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high-energy rock,
plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating
into the dynamic ensemble it is today. Mary Frances “Mama Funk” creates a sultry platform for her
keyboard and keytar playing with her powerhouse vocals. Laying down the bottom is Al Al “Sweet Nassty”
Ingram on bass and vocals and Derrick “Dr Ock” Johnson on trombone. JP “Smoke Machine” Miller soars
on guitar, and Lee “Insta Funk” Allen drives it all forward on drums. The five-piece funk rock outfit fuels
their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy
In 2007, Booty Band released Now You Know, named album of the year by Home Grown Music Network,
which also crowned the band its Band of the Year. The down and dirty album Doin’ It Hard came out in
2012 and was designated a top regional album by WNCW-FM, an influential Triple A radio station
broadcasted across three states. Doin’ It Hard was followed by the totally funked-up remix Re-Doin’ It
On October 22nd, 2013, the Booty Band released their edgiest album yet. Onward! was recorded in the
band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Recording Studio and engineered by Julian Dreyer
(The Avett Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins). The album features eight tracks of intergalactic funk goodness
with guest percussion by Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Galactic, Garage A Trois). “Trunk Fallin' Off”, the first
single from the release, is a hard hitting tribute to classic rap and hip-hop. Al Al and JP spit lyrics over
synthesized beats while Mary Frances holds down the hook. With a tip of the hat to old school hip-hop, the
band pairs “Trunk Fallin' Off” with an official video filmed at Atlanta, GA’s famed Clermont Lounge. Other
standout tracks include “Let Me In,” where silky horn lines build into a driving psychedelic jam that give
way to JP’s dirty guitar solo. “The Den” which splashes ambient jam themes with instrumental funk, and
“Ante Up” which features the band’s resident Mama Funk on vocals. The sexy groove driven track will lure
you onto the dance floor to bump up with someone special.
Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has rubbed elbows on stage with classic purveyors of the funk like
Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's
Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins and have ventured into new territory with modern
funksters The New Mastersounds and Orgone.
Never abandoning the call of duty, Booty Band is spreading the gospel of funk throughout the country by
playing an average of 150 shows per year. They have proven themselves to be a staple in the live music
festival circuit by whipping fans into dancing frenzies at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues
& Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival,
Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot, Trinumeral and more. For years the Booty Band has been a mainstay
at their hometown’s Bele Chere Festival, the largest free outdoor festival in the Southeast that’s
historically drawn over 350,000 attendees.
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